Conjuring the precise and slow voice, the deliberate and accurate words, the syllables sounding as though passed through a long, reedy pipe, comes the voice of of Carl Sagan . . .
“Imagine, if you will, an alternate universe with billions and billions of galaxies, each containing billions of stars. Around one of those stars can be found an Earth-like planet. This planet is populated by people who see what is really before them, who analyze without predetermined judgment and who follow the path of evidence wherever it may lead. They have the remarkable self-restraint and mindfulness both to refrain from bombastic rhetoric based upon fantasy and instead speak directly to issues.
“Imagine further that those who listen do so, too, for the single purpose of understanding, for clarity and learning, for greater knowledge. And when the listeners then speak, their purpose, like that which came before, is an effort to further understand truth and reality.
“And they work together to make things better for all.”
Huh? Wha . . . oh, it’s my alarm clock.
What an odd dream I had.
Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference perhaps to be a catalyst – for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue. Please help by passing this along and encouraging others to do the same. Thanks. JA
Copyright 2019 by Jack Altschuler
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